While Congress has failed to send any appropriations bills to the White House ahead of the upcoming new fiscal year, party leaders said Wednesday they are confident a temporary spending measure will pass this month in order to avoid a government shutdown.
“The Republicans don’t want, the administration doesn’t want and we don’t want at this stage to further undermine confidence in America by having another go-round of a possible shutdown of the government,” said House Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, during his weekly briefing with reporters.
The House has passed six of the 12 appropriations bills Congress is required to approve each year in order to keep the government funded. The Senate, meanwhile, has cleared only one.
And with the new fiscal year arriving Oct. 1, House leaders say they’ve turned their attention to passing a short term “continuing resolution” to keep government agencies funded for several weeks into fiscal year 2012.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said Wednesday during his weekly news briefing that he expects the House to take up a continuing resolution proposal the week of Sept. 19 that likely would fund the government through “late fall.”
He didn’t provide details.
Congress flirted with a possible government shutdown because of spending disputes several times this year, during which time it passed a series of temporary continuing resolutions to kept the government fiscally afloat.
A shutdown eventually was averted in April when lawmakers — hours before a temporary funding bill was to expire — approved a measure to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2011.